For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one.
His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television.
Klugman died Monday at age 90 in suburban Northridge with his wife at his side. His sons called on his fans to embrace their father's tenacious and positive spirit.
"He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it, and he would encourage others to do the same," son Adam Klugman said.
..."RIP Jack Klugman. You made my whole family laugh together," actor-director Jon Favreau wrote on Twitter.
Klugman was born in Philadelphia, the son of Rose, a hat maker, and Max Klugman, a house painter His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
The video below shows Jack Klugman speaking about the holiday of Chanukah, although I cringed when I heard him describing a meal consisting of meat and dairy dishes together.
...in the Talmud Taanis 27A Chazal relate that a Talmudic sage once "met" Eliyahu HaNavi in the market place and asked him, "Who is there here that is destined for Olam Habah, the World to Come?" Eliyahu pointed out two brothers. The sage approached and queried them concerning their business. They replied, "We are badchanim, jesters. Our function is to make sad people happy." This was their business. While some might laugh off such a position in life, these two men were going to "laugh" all the way to Olam Habah.http://www.shemayisrael.com/parsha/peninim/archives/behar67.htm